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Become a Member

Why to become a Member?

UN Atlas of the Oceans is an interactive web resource. Your contribution to this website is very welcome as it will help us improving its quality and distribution of ocean related knowledge. So please do not hesitate to get involved!

Join today to participate in the development of the UN Atlas of the Oceans Community! 

As a registered user of the UN Atlas of the Oceans you will:

  • interact with the system, e.g. suggesting new resources (topics, links, contacts, books, websites, etc) to the Editors and providing your own editorial contribution (see Become an Editor);
  • receive our monthly newsletter, as well as other regular mailings, automatically by email, to keep you informed about newly added knowledge, including forthcoming events and job vacancies;
  • have access to some of our detailed maps and charts;
  • view publications and web site statistics;
  • participate in discussions.


How to become a Member?

Membership is FREE and anyone can become a UN Atlas of the Oceans member.

You will get registered as a member by clicking on the “Not a member? Join now” link, on the left hand side of the home page.

This will open a registration form which you are required to fill in to join the UN Atlas of the Oceans website. Once you have completed the form, click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.

After submitting the registration form, you will receive a message from the system confirming your membership.

What does a Member do?

All registered members can actively participate by submitting items to the various sections to be added such as sub-topics and related knowledge.

You can also volunteer to act as the content administrator of a particular topic or subtopic.

If your proposal is accepted you will become the Editorof that topic and the owner of that related knowledge.

When you suggest a new topic/sub-topic, it is automatically assumed that you are also volunteering to be the editor for that item, therefore please ensure that your personal information in the Registration Form includes an adequate description of the subjects/fields that you have qualifications or expertises in or that you have uploaded your curriculum vitae/homepage. This information will help the relevant topic editor and/or the Chief Editor to decide whether to accept your suggested item and you as the editor. Please refer to the “Become an Editor” section of this Help page for additional information.

How to interact with the System?

Once you are a member, you can login and by clicking on the “Explorer” link, below your username on the top left hand side of the home page, the UN Atlas Explorer will be available.

This is your Member Starting Screen, a personal space which will allow you to keep track of your recent activities, to check the approval state of your editorial proposals and it also lets you browse your Membership information and make necessary changes.

Your contact information will appear in the list of members and you will be able to see who else has signed up as a member. Your email address is not a live link, so it is protected from spammers.

How to unsubscribe?

If you do not wish to receive the monthly e-Newsletter you can change your preferences from the Preferences tab via your “UN Atlas Explorer” screen.

If you wish to unsubscribe the UN Atlas of the Oceans website send an email to the Chief Editor with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line. Your details will then be cancelled from the contact list and the server.